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honestly

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adverb hon·est·ly \ˈä-nəst-lē\

Simple Definition of honestly

  • : without cheating or lying : in an honest way

  • : in a genuine way : without pretending

  • —used to stress that a statement is true

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of honestly

  1. 1 :  in an honest manner: as a :  without cheating <counted the ballots honestly> b :  really, genuinely <was honestly scared> c :  without frills <food honestly prepared>

  2. 2 :  to be honest :  to tell the truth <honestly, I don't know>

Examples of honestly in a sentence

  1. Officials counted the votes honestly.

  2. The bank has always dealt honestly with me.

  3. I can honestly say that I have never seen that man before today.

  4. He spoke honestly about the mistakes he had made.

  5. She honestly believes that she has been mistreated.



14th Century

First Known Use of honestly

14th century


HONESTLY Defined for Kids

honestly

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adverb hon·est·ly \ˈä-nəst-lē\

Definition of honestly for Students

  1. 1 :  without cheating or lying :  in an honest manner <They made their money honestly.>

  2. 2 :  in a real and sincere way <She was honestly scared.>

  3. 3 —used to stress the truth or sincerity of what is being said <Honestly, I don't know how you do it.>

  4. 4 —used to show annoyance or disapproval <Is that your excuse? Honestly!>




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